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Our Nexus 5 battery life test is ready, Grumpy Cat is not impressed

0. phoneArena 07 Nov 2013, 02:15 posted on

We know you can't wait for a battery rundown of the Nexus 5, and we made one as soon as we had a chance, with pretty foretold results. Google's Nexus 5 skimps on a few things to get to that juicy $350 price point without subsidies, and perhaps the most major one is its 2300 mAh battery capacity...

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posted on 07 Nov 2013, 02:27 8

1. cripton805 (Posts: 1457; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


That's pretty bad if kitkat is supposed to be less power hungry. Would that mean that the Nexus 5 might be dead last after the competition gets the update?

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 02:30 20

4. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Being less battery hungry is not Kitkat's primary aim. Being faster and requiring less ram for system processes is.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 02:54 7

9. cripton805 (Posts: 1457; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Its faster because if requires less ram and processes. Thus should improve power consumption... Which goes hand in hand. Get it? Guess not.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 02:57 6

10. ilia1986 (unregistered)


No it doesn't. Just because less ram is being used and the overall performance is better, doesn't mean there is significantly less stress on the battery.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 03:05 3

13. cripton805 (Posts: 1457; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Yes it does. It requires heavier usage of its processor which in return cuts its battery life even while the phone is idle. Also, some of those phones have skins on top of the stock OS. It does affect the battery life.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 20:28

88. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I dont think so,as all the hardware is going to work as normal,but the software is way lighter than other versions,so you get a much more fluid and smooth performance in the OS but with the same battery life
you can underclock the processor if you root your kitkat device,and that would make battery consumption way better

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 03:00 1

11. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


I think it only uses less RAM when there is a constraint.

It won't make sense if the phone has 2GB ram and Android deploys sequential launch to conserve RAM. That would slow down the phone a bit.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 03:14

15. cripton805 (Posts: 1457; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Yes, PA also noted that Google modified Google services and the OS as a whole which puts strain on the devices on its own. Try running 100mb or more of apps in the background and you will see a difference in battery life. Just like apps, the os and services put a strain on the device and by making them more efficient, it also helps the battery life.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 06:12 1

36. Finalflash (Posts: 3224; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Uhhhh no, ram and cpu still take a major back seat to the DISPLAY which eats about 80%+ of all batteries in any smartphone. So unless Google magically found a software way to limit screen battery consumption, battery life will remain the same. Making the OS more ram and cpu efficient would have a marginal (read

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 06:21

39. Finalflash (Posts: 3224; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


marginal effect.*

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 08:01 2

50. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Screen and wireless technology use the most power in my experience.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 09:23

56. cripton805 (Posts: 1457; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Do you pay attention to anything Im posting? Who said that the screen wasnt the major reason that it drains more quickly? I know that the screen is going to be the #1battery killer or maybe #2. As of right now, my own battery on my GS3 has been drained 26% between the OS, Google services, and system idle. The screen was only 33% because I have my brightness set all the way down and on my GS3 its still bright enough to see.

Do you people even know that you can look this up on your phones??? You can see how much battery the OS uses up on each specific category.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 09:53

57. cripton805 (Posts: 1457; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Oh and they have been improving battery life with software updates for years... I know because Ive been an Android user since Eclair and I tend to follow up on the news about the updates.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 07:06 1

43. jove39 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Well...kitkat is supposed to be power efficient...you'll find it in coming releases.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 02:43 2

8. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Well, you can't complain too much. The Nexus 5 costs almost half that of an HTC One,.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 04:52

23. bucky (Posts: 2698; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


It's quite expensive when you consider it off contract vs price of another phone on contract. Also, it can get quite pricey in many parts of the world.

Don't get me wrong, great phone but the price can't keep being the excuse for the nexus short comings every year. Battery and camera are always a slight concern with nexus devices.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 05:12 2

26. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I would pay $350 all day long if it meant not being locked into a contract. Sure I can get a lg g2 for $100 on contract but there are some pretty good prepaid plans such as t-mobiles $30 a month plan. Just by ending one of my verizon lines I will end up dropping $90 total ($40 for the phone and $50 for data on my family plan). That's a savings of $60 per month if I go t-mobile. In one year that's $720 dollars saved. No Verizon contract phone can beat that.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 05:16

28. bucky (Posts: 2698; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


In Canada, the plans are the same whether I sign a contract or not. Also, the contract cancellations after a year or so are almost always lower than the resale of the phone.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 09:04

84. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


That is what I am doing - running my Nexus 5 no contract for 30.00 a month with T- M0...great great deal

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 06:53

42. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1178; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


When you compare it to a contract phone it can definitely win either way. On contract it's 49.00 at Sprint.....this is the price of lower level phones with half the specs of this. Either way you buy it it s a steal for what it is contract or not!

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 07:14

44. bucky (Posts: 2698; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


That's awesome if that's the price there. I see it listed for full contract prices :/

posted on 08 Nov 2013, 14:19

80. jimv1983 (Posts: 29; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


The 32GB HTC One is $650 off contract. The 32GB Nexus 5 is $400 off contract. The Nexus 5 is just over 60% the cost of the One not less than half.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 03:45 1

17. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 259; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Pretty bad 10 min less vs galaxy s4 while having a cpu clocked crazy high? Not understanding.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 06:48 4

41. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1178; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Not too bad when you consider it has a 2300mah battery, and the G2 has a 3000. The battery is last years technology size wise....wake up!

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 20:02

74. 4.1.2 (Posts: 11; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)


So not getting this phone now.... The commercial looked cool but this.... No

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 02:27 1

2. TrueGee85 (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Disable Google Now and you will see an incremental increase in the battery life. It worked on my Nexus 4.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 04:05

18. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


i thought google now is just an app for downloading apps?
how is battery affected by it

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 05:12 8

25. orca99 (Posts: 87; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


No, google now is not for downloading apps. Have you actually used android ever?

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 05:34 1

32. quiksilver78 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


Bro, do you even bench?

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 06:15

38. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


just borrowing tab2 10.1
i only know its a menu on every android to update/search apps

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